• On Tyranny (Expanded Audio Edition)

  • Updated with Twenty New Lessons from Russia's War on Ukraine
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (306 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The #1 New York Times bestseller, now in an expanded audiobook edition that includes detailed historical context for the democracy-threatening Ukrainian conflict and a call to action for modern times. 

This edition includes the bestselling original essay collection On Tyranny, read by the author. 

In this exclusive audiobook edition, which includes eight hours of new content, Snyder combines the original essays from On Tyranny with twenty new lessons that answer the questions everyone is asking about this war. With forays into history, he clarifies the causes of the Russian invasion and the meaning of Ukrainian resistance, and explains the war's connections to threats to democracy here in the United States and around the world. Linking past and present, speaking only from notes, he guides the listener into the larger moral universe of On Tyranny.    

This edition also includes On Tyranny, the bestselling essay collection that illustrates how various countries and governments have managed to protect against totalitarianism throughout history despite ever-present threats from many factions. Snyder cautions that unless we learn from these disruptive and disturbing occurrences, they will continue. This important call to arms and roadmap for resistance provides invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.

“Timothy Snyder reasons with unparalleled clarity, throwing the past and future into sharp relief. He has written the rare kind of book that can be read in one sitting but will keep you coming back to help regain your bearings.”—Masha Gessen, about On Tyranny

©2022 Timothy Snyder (P)2022 Random House Audio
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Best book of the decade

A spellbinding combination of historical analysis and deep insight into human nature and how those have resulted in today’s tipping point.
My gratitude to Mr Snyder. I thoroughly appreciate the effort.

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Thank you, Dr. Snyder

I learned so much. The book is easy to follow and is very informative. It was good to “spend the day” with you.

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ESSENTIAL LISTEN

Makes the current catastrophe of Ukrainian invasion understandable. History explains the present and reminds us that we determine our future by acting true to our values and taking responsibility for creating our future in accordance with them.

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Changes the way I think.

I always find Timothy Snyder’s writing and lectures to be enlightening and challenging. This expanded audio edition seems like a love letter to the human race. I’ve been watching Timothy Snyder on YouTube for years, but this book made me understand what’s happening to the world.

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Required listening! Not kidding.

Professor Snyder extends the ideas in On Tyranny into this week providing great insight into Putin’s war on Ukraine. His expertise there is extraordinary, he shares it calmly and clearly. I felt like I was in a graduate seminar. He doesn’t read the material, he discusses it. I feel privileged to have been able to listen to it and will do it over and over again!

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Worth it

Gripping and timelessly important lessons, explained coherently and articulately. Appreciate the effort and time put into this.

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A must read!

I think I'm going to buy this book for as many people I know as I possibly can!

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Much needed reality check

Timothy Snyder shows how his 2016 work directly applies in 2022 and is highly highly relevant. Superb work that should be required reading for all. Thank you.

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Something missing

I was taken back by the framing of the war in Ukraine as the greatest tragedy/ atrocity of the 21 st century?

Do not get me wrong that war us an atrocity and Mr. Snyder’s analysis is remarkable in its depth. However there was another conflict of the twenty-first century equal or perhaps greater by its duration and foundation in mythology and the politics of eternity.

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Almost laughable anti-Trump scaremongering.

Well read and could have been really enjoyable. Perhaps the original version is better. The author has clearly not researched or followed the Trump presidency outside of the MSNBC/CNN bubble and it shows in a sad way.
This book has not aged well and it's only 2022 now.

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